Wood Identification for the Infestation Surveyor

Who is this training course for?

This course is for delegates who need to understand how to identify the most common structural timbers found in house construction, using a variety of methods, and to help them develop the necessary practical skills. Delegates should have prior background knowledge and experience of working in this area.

How is the training course structured?

The course is run over one day and incorporates classroom based learning backed up by the use of timber samples to help delegates put their new knowledge into practical application.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to trees, wood and its structure – softwoods and hardwoods
  • Different approaches to identifying woods e.g. history, colour, smell, shipping marks (leaves, flowers, seeds are the only certain way)
  • The tools available – cutting tools e.g chisel, microtome, razor blades
  • Preparation of specimens – sampling and pitfalls (e.g misaligned cutting, paint, glue, dirt, corrosion and rot)
  • Use of the hand lens
  • Use of the microscope, from low power to high power, improving contrast by staining
  • The features of hardwoods and softwoods – a 3-D view with the scanning electron microscope
  • Identifying common hardwoods by recognising key features
  • Softwoods – features to be observed

Delegates receive a certificate of attendance after completing the course.

Wood Identification Training Dates

Month Course Date
July 2017 Thurs 13th
Wood Identification Course Fees 2017

Fees for PCA Members
£185 + VAT

Fees for non PCA Members
£240 + VAT

Please note that there are a limited number of places on each training course and places can only be reserved with full payment.  Please check back here for additional dates as they are announced.

Click below to download a Booking Form or contact Jo or Jade on tel: 0844 375 4301.

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